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or maybe distance from the equator? here are some nation rankings for you…

first, the world’s happiest countries in 2012 — by which they (the legatum institute people) mean the world’s most prosperous countries (i think i see the hajnal line there…):

legatum prosperity index 2012

top 10 countries:
- Norway
- Denmark
- Sweden
- Australia
- New Zealand
- Canada
- Finland
- Netherlands
- Switzerland
- Ireland

bottom 10 countries:
- Ethiopia
- Yemen
- Zimbabwe
- Togo
- Burundi
- Haiti
- Chad
- Afghanistan
- Republic of Congo
- Central African Republic

see their methodology here.
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and now … world internet usage, june 2012 — world regions – percentage of population:

- North America = 78.6%
- Oceania/Australia = 67.6%
- Europe = 63.2%
- Latin America/Caribbean = 42.9%
- Middle East = 40.2%
- Asia = 27.5%
- Africa = 15.6%

within the americas (north and latin):

- Greenland = 90.1%
- Canada = 83.0%
- United States = 78.1%
- Argentina = 66.4%
- Chile = 58.6%
- Jamaica = 54.7%
- Brazil = 45.6%
- Dominican Republic = 45.6%
- Mexico = 36.5%

within europe:

- Sweden = 92.7%
- United Kingdom = 83.6%
- France = 79.6%
- Italy = 58.4%
- Albania = 49.0%
- Kosovo = 20.5%

within asia:

- South Korea = 82.5%
- Japan = 79.5%
- Sinagpore = 75.0%
- Hong Kong = 74.5%
- China = 40.1%
- Georgia = 28.4%
- Pakistan = 15.3%
- India = 11.4%
- Afghanistan = 5.0%

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…internet freedom.

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keep your grubby little hands off my internet! (i was here first.)

“The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom”

“On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish ‘international control over the Internet’ through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices….

“Reading even a partial list of proposals that could be codified into international law next December at a conference in Dubai is chilling:

“• Subject cyber security and data privacy to international control;

“• Allow foreign phone companies to charge fees for ‘international’ Internet traffic, perhaps even on a ‘per-click’ basis for certain Web destinations, with the goal of generating revenue for state-owned phone companies and government treasuries;

“• Impose unprecedented economic regulations such as mandates for rates, terms and conditions for currently unregulated traffic-swapping agreements known as ‘peering.’

“• Establish for the first time ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org Web addresses of the world;

“• Subsume under intergovernmental control many functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and other multi-stakeholder groups that establish the engineering and technical standards that allow the Internet to work;

“• Regulate international mobile roaming rates and practices….”

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(not that the obama administration has been much better. [i know, i know. how could it have been?])

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